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Monday, November 13, 2017

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON SELLS OUT

Donnie Kehr




New York, NY  – The Path Fund Inc. ® has announced today that their event, set for tonight  titled: ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON! Their 24the edition, is sold out.


They have also released exclusive photos from their rehearsals, which took place this week in Manhattan.


 This year at ROCKERS ON BROADWAY: LEGENDS LIVE ON! The ensemble will pay tribute to legendary musicians who have passed on.  The greatest Rock & Roll band might be in heaven, but they continue to be the soundtrack of our lives and live on inspiring us with their music. 




 Proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and non-profit performing arts education programs.



The full cast includes:



 *Evie Dolan (School Of Rock)

 *Constantine Maroulis (TONY Nominee, Rock Of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde)

 *Kyle Taylor Parker (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Kinky Boots)

 *Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn)

 *Tim Young (Next To Normal)

*Brian Charles Rooney (Three Penny Opera)

*Max Sangerman, Bligh Voth

 *Jayna Brown – (Semi-Finalist, America's Got Talent)

 *Michael Cerveris (TONY Award Winner - Fun Home; Assassins; The Who’s Tommy)

* Alex Brightman (TONY Nominee - School Of Rock)

*Kennedy Caughell (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)

*Drew Gehling (Waitress; On A Clear Day…; Jersey Boys)

*Emma Hunton (Wicked; Next To Normal; Spring Awakening)

*Lesli Margherita (Olivier Award Winner - Zorro The Musical; Matilda the Musical)

*Megan Rice

*Jeremy Schonfeld (Iron & Coal; Spun; Drift)

 *Donald Webber Jr. (Hamilton; Holler If Ya Hear Me; Motown The Musical)

 Adds Donnie Kehr: “The rehearsals have been stellar. This will without a doubt be one of our strongest nights, and honoring Tom Viola will be a singular thrill.”

Directed by ROCKERS creator Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys), and hosted by Broadway Sessions’ Ben Cameron (Wicked) with the events live auction will be led by Ryan Willard.  The evening is sponsored by Dolly Fox, Dr. & Mrs. J. Barry Howell and the Pamela & Laurence Tarica Foundation.

Each year ROCKERS ON BROADWAY honors industry luminaries who have inspired and enhanced the community. As announced earlier, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Tony Award-winner Tom Viola, Executive Director for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids. 

VIP table seating for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY® begins at $325 for a single ticket, $625 for a table for 2, and $2,500 for a table of 8. General Admission tickets are $100 and Standing Room tickets are available for $25. Visit www.rockersonbroadway.com to order. 

The PATH Fund, Inc.® is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education. We support pre-professional training organizations with scholarship and program funding. Additionally, we support NYC’s thriving arts community by working with aspiring writers to develop new works of music and theater.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS STRIP YOU

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Broadway Bares: Strip U
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Allison Janney



A spirited audience of thousands went back to campus with stripped-down collegians who offered a sexy lacrosse scrimmage, a Pavlovian psychology experiment, a pumped-up pep rally and a fierce feminist studies class at Broadway Bares: Strip U, this year’s edition of the annual highly choreographed, highly produced striptease spectacular.



Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances on June 18, 2017, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.



Stripathon, the online fundraiser led by the show’s cast and crew, raised a jaw-dropping and record-breaking $686,135 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, marking the second year in a row and only second time in Broadway Bares history Stripathon was the single largest contributor to the grand total.



This year’s Broadway Bares stripped away the fears of freshmen and saluted seniors as a journey across the Strip U campus took us to a seductive observatory, exploding chemistry lab, flirty fine arts class, frat party-turned-Greek god fantasy, a lesson in stiletto strutting and Havana, Cuba, for a sizzling semester studying abroad.



Two-time Tony Award nominee and seven-time Emmy winner Allison Janney started the show with a video invitation as Strip U’s president, offering sexy salutations, a campus history and words of wisdom: “Our motto reminds us of our core values every day: Honorem, Integritas, Nuditas, Erectus.”



The show opened with Broadway favorite Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, TV’s Quantico) learning he was accepted to Strip U, the only college where clothing is optional and striptease is always in the curriculum. As the dean of admissions at Strip U, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical), flanked by some of Broadway’s best student bodies, welcomed Johnson to his new home for the next four years. The welcoming, diverse campus proudly stripped down, celebrating self love and acceptance.



The opening number was choreographed by Nick Kenkel, who returned to direct Broadway Bares for the fifth year and created the Strip U concept. The opening number was written by Hunter Bell and Wade Dooley, with music by Matt Sklar and lyrics by Amanda Greene.



The patriarchy was stripped apart in Strip U’s feminist studies class, which lifted the audience into a rousing frenzy to deliver the loudest cheers of the night. With Kinky Boots’ Lola, J. Harrison Ghee, as its gender-nonconforming guide, the number celebrated the historical fight of women - from suffragettes to American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II to the rise of Pantsuit Nation. Choreographed by John Alix, the fiery performance of 20 women was backed by larger-than-life images of women through years standing up and speaking out before landing on a modern-day protest sign that declared, “The Future is Female.”



The traditional pep rally got a significant step up when The Lion King’s L. Steven Taylor and Jelani Remy, who play Mufasa and Simba, led a crew of increasingly scantily-clad students in an energetic step dance. The pair showed off the pep in their step while acrobatically tumbling across the stage, as the step team stripped to shiny booty shorts. The number was choreographed by Laya Barak.



A studly psychology student got an unforgettable lesson in Pavlov’s dogs when the strapping Josh Drake (Aladdin) turned into trainer to a class of obedient male classmates in a drool-worthy dance. In full command of his pack, Drake walked the harness-clad mass of male virility down the runway in the number choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright.



A shirts-versus-skins lacrosse scrimmage heated up the stage when Kyle Brown (Anastasia) coached a crew of sweaty, muscled men. Ericka Hunter (Miss Saigon) and Katie Webber (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) gave the game co-ed flair as they strutted and stripped their protective gear in the athletic number. The scrimmage was choreographed by Charlie Sutton.



The sky filled with spellbinding stars when 10 aerialists from Las Vegas’ acclaimed Living Art of Armando performed a high-flying and breathtaking aerial dance at Strip U’s observatory, staged by Bares favorite Armando Farfan Jr. Below the celestial constellations, Josh Daniel Green (Wicked), Kar Will and a team of Broadway Bares dancers stayed grounded for a ballet-infused romance, choreographed by Kenkel.



Other numbers that explored the Strip U campus included:



● A fine arts sketch class, choreographed by Richard J. Hinds, featured Lockhart Brownlie (Wicked) displaying model misbehavior as the class’ nude muse. Led by teacher Holly Ann Butler and surrounded by fawning females, Brownlie and the ladies stripped down Butler as she and Brownlie bravely bared it all.

● A toga party turned into a Grecian celebration on the stage - and above it - as partying college students transformed into ancient gods and goddesses complete with angelic aerialists dangling in silks. Daniel Lynn Evans, with glittering gods Dave August, Callan Bergmann (Cats) and Christopher Trepinski, led the number, choreographed by Paul Stancato. Above, the togas transformed into aerial silk as Jen James and Crista Marie Jackson displayed exquisite artistry and ability midair in choreography by Bobby Hedglin-Taylor.

● Transgender recording artist Mila Jam taught Pump 101, a uniquely Strip U class that definitely put the sex back in the heel. A bookish Paula Caselton (Peepshow) transformed into voracious vixen after Jam gave her a crash course in stiletto-strutting, resulting in a stripped-down Caselton confidently commanding the class. The number was choreographed by Kellen Stancil.

● Michael Apuzzo and Heather Lee Bair’s science experiment, choreographed by Michael Lee Scott, had unexpectedly sexy results when the beefy Sean Burroughs emerged as their chemistry creation. The chemists fought over him as they stripped Burroughs to nearly nothing in a tantalizing tug-of-war.

● As Strip U students enjoyed a their study abroad excursion in Havana, they stumbled into a club of seductive locals, including Rosie Lani Fiedelman (The Lion King), who lured well-toned tourist Jeremey Adam Rey (On Your Feet!) into her den. The pair led a steamy, Latin salsa, choreographed by Sekou McMiller.



Internet personality Randy Rainbow and On Your Feet’s Ana Villafañe made special guest appearances as a psychology professor and a foreign exchange student.



In the finale, Instagram sensation Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), playing a pesky Department of Education auditor who appeared throughout the show, finally saw the Strip U way and offered the university full federal funding. The entire cast of more than 180 dancers flooded the stage, providing an electrifying finale to the show.



The show’s famous “rotation,” where the entire cast danced to encourage individual appreciation tips from the audience, followed each show. This year’s rotation raised an additional $22,038.



Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who created Broadway Bares in 1992 and serves as executive producer, and Tony winner Judith Light thanked the audience at the show’s close. “We must take the power of our diverse communities and dedicate our energies to the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other,” Light said. Light and Mitchell also reminded the audience: “Safe sex is hot sex. We can best love each other by protecting each other.”



This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was L. Steven Taylor, who raised a remarkable $18,198. He was closely followed by Holly Butler at $15,078. Rounding out the top five were Steve Bratton with $14,198, Richard JMV Schieffer with $12,051 and Laya Barak with $10,174.



Presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam delivered a $300,000 check, delivered by Nancy Mahon, M∙A∙C senior vice president and executive director of M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Mahon also saluted the extraordinary skills of more than 70 M∙A∙C makeup artists who volunteered to create the show’s incredible looks.



Broadway Bares: Strip U was produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, led by Producing Director Valerie Lau-Kee Lai and an extraordinary staff. Production Stage Manager Matt DiCarlo led a team of 47 stage managers with more than 700 other volunteers behind the scenes to create the show. Aaron Hamilton served as Strip U’s assistant director.

Joel Shier was lighting designer; Nevin Steinberg handled sound design; and the show’s scenic designer was Jason Lee Courson. Hunter Bell and Wade Dooley wrote the show’s book.


Broadway Bares was created by Mitchell as a way to raise money to help those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In its first year, Mitchell and seven of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000. To date, Broadway Bares has now raised $17.4 million for Broadway Cares.
In addition to presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, Broadway Bares received generous support from BC/EFA corporate partner United Airlines.



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS COLLECTION

Broadway Legends Ornament Collection



Inimitable icon Patti LuPone has been a shining star on Broadway for more than four decades. Now, she can be the brilliant centerpiece of your holiday decor as the latest addition to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Legends ornament collection.



LuPone is the ninth superstar to join the Broadway Legends series, alongside Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand and GwenVerdon.



This year’s stunning ornament features LuPone in her legendary role of Eva Perón in Evita, for which she won a Tony Award in 1980 and solidified her status as a theatrical idol. She is dressed in a glamorous, shimmering gown, belting the seminal theatre classic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from the balcony of the Casa Rosada. This dazzling collectible is sure to take center stage in any festive home.



Known as one of the most dynamic divas to ever grace the stage, she is a two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2006.



LuPone burst onto the theatre scene in 1972 as an original member of The Acting Company, where she had a four-year stint. She earned her first Tony nomination in the company’s production of The Robber Bridegroom in 1975. Four years later, LuPone was cast as Perón, a role that would propel her into theatre superstardom. Since then, she has performed in more than 25 Broadway productions. Notable roles include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Rose in Gypsy, for which she won her second Tony Award.



This spring, she will return to Broadway to perform in the acclaimed new musical War Paint, following a sold-out and buzzed about Chicago run this past summer.



The 8-inch-tall glass LuPone ornament was designed exclusively for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Legends collection by artist Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company. To purchase the limited edition ornament, visit broadwaycares.org.



Four fabulous fellow Legends are still available in limited quantities to add to your collection: Andrews in My Fair Lady, Minnelli in The Act, Streisand in Funny Girl and Verdon in Sweet Charity.



LuPone’s ornament is just one of the must-have Broadway Cares gifts available this holiday season. The Broadway Cares Collection’s 2016 snow globe was designed by Hamilton set designer David Korins. It features a plane circling a bedazzled golden star to the tune of “Give My Regards to Broadway,” with logos from more than 20 Broadway musicals set on snow-capped Times Square skyscrapers. This year’s Carols for a Curetwo-CD set features festive favorites from 22 of the season’s hottest musicals. Also available is Broadway Cares and Playbill’s fifth set of collectable ornaments, this year featuring Playbill covers from long-running musicals The Magic Show, Oklahoma!, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Smokey Joe’s Café and South Pacific.



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.



For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS TOURNAMENT

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THE BROADWAY SHUFFLE
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Phil Libin



It's time to “shuffle up and deal” for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with Broadway Bets, a first-of-its-kind Broadway poker tournament co-chaired by Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization. Libin is president of BC/EFA’s Board of Trustees and Wankel is a longtime trustee.



Whether you're a first-time player or a poker ace, everybody can play and anyone can win. The evening is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.



Played as a Texas Hold 'em tournament, Broadway Bets (#broadwaybets) will welcome an array of industry insiders and theatre fans all competing against each other to be the last player standing and first Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded for top players. Foxwoods Resort Casino will be the official tournament host of Broadway Bets with Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters and Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical serving as the tournament directors.



Taking over the famed on Monday May 18th at Sardi's restaurant (234 West 44th Street, NYC), Broadway Bets will be a refined but casual evening of friendly card play in the heart of New York's theatre district. Doors open at 6:30 pm; tournament play begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available now at broadwaycares.org.